A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there are some scary situations (none graphic) and kids deal with the loss of a parent. One swear word uttered by a boy is written like this: *&@#!%*
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What's the story?
When Sapphire and Conor's dad mysteriously disappears, most people believe he's dead. Ever hopeful, Conor begins sneaking off to the ocean to look for him. Sapphire follows and discovers a world of wonder, excitement, and danger that their family is strangely connected to. Could her new friends lead to her father?
Is it any good?
The first in a series, this is the kind of book that gets kids excited about reading. Helen Dunmore weaves an exciting, masterful tale of mermaids, mystery, and mythology. She keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they journey with Sapphy and Conor through the world of Ingo. What is this new place and how is it connected to Sapphy and Conor's father, and to them? How can they find him without getting lost themselves? Dunmore keeps readers guessing while treating them to beautiful scenery and fantastic adventures.
Character development is key to a good story and Dunmore allows her characters to mature as they become involved in more adult circumstances. Sapphy grows from being carried like a child in the first chapter to a person able to harness the power of Ingo. Her relationship with her brother changes and strengthens. They both recognize strengths and weaknesses in each other and readers will be drawn to their vulnerability and curiosity. Sapphy narrates the story with quick wit and a realism readers will enjoy.